When a good friend of mine offered his conical burr coffee grinder (he was upgrading to a commercial model), I was hesitant to accept. I didn’t think it possible that the process by which you grind your coffee beans would make a noticeable difference to the taste and consistency of the final product. But, trusting his advice, I switched from our standard blade grinder and I have to say – I am converted. Maybe it sounds a little crazy, but I swear the coffee is smoother and richer with a thick and silky crema every time. And after conducting a little ‘espresso research’ online, I’ve discovered that while blade grinders can grind inconsistently with the heat of the motor burning the coffee beans – the conical burr variety grind evenly and gently. So, if you’re ever wondering how to improve your morning espresso – this might just be the answer.